5 killed in drive-by shooting in northeast Nigeria

AP News
Posted: Dec 17, 2011 11:06 AM
5 killed in drive-by shooting in northeast Nigeria

Authorities in northeast Nigeria are blaming a radical Muslim sect for a drive-by shooting that left five civilians dead.

Lt. Col. Hassan Mohammed said Saturday that the gunmen had attacked people gathered outside a shop in the city of Maiduguri on Thursday night. The assailants were carrying Kalashnikov rifles under their flowing robes.

The sect known as Boko Haram has been blamed for a string of assassinations and bombings in its campaign to implement strict Shariah law in Africa's most populous nation.

While the militants initially targeted mainly police officers, recent attacks have killed a growing number of civilians.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility, but Boko Haram is known to launch drive-by shootings in its attacks.